Originally Posted by macrocheesium
I agree, great site guys. The only thing I would change is that dynamic range thing at the bottom of each review; it can cause people to judge the album before they even hear it and as you showed with "Of Breath and Bone", it really can't be used to determine the sound quality at all.
I understand your criticism, but let me explain why we do it. Having any sort of score is going to cause some people to just jump straight to the score and decide to take a pass on the album or not. You could make the same criticism about AMG or Metal Underground with their numerical scores. The sound score is our impression of the sound quality, not the DR score.
So why have it? A large part of our mission is to educate our readers about what dynamic range is, and why albums with more dynamic range sound better. We also want to push the metal industry back towards dynamic music, and we feel that the best way to do that is to highlight how bad the current situation is. Rather than judging the album before listening, we hope our readers will contact the bands the like and tell them they want more dynamic records.
As for Be'lakor, the album would sound much better with more dynamic range. DR7 is better than DR6 or 5, but it's still not great. The other major problem with the sound of that album is the amount of clipping, and there's not really a simple way to show that (we're not going to post waveforms for each review), we just have to point it out in the section of the review covering sound quality. In an upcoming post I'm going to delve much deeper into what digital clipping is and the kind of damage that it does.
Edited by DaveBSC - 11/6/12 at 6:55pm